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    Update from 11.04 to 11.10 Interrupted

    Issue:
    I was trying to update to 11.10 and during the process my daughter hit the power button on my laptop (which interrupted the install). During the process I did have the opportunity to select keep my files etc...However once I reinstalled 11.10 on top of the previous operating system which was 11.04 and 10.?? before that, I cant find any of my music or other files...I have a plethora of music that I must have. Please help, I am an absolute NOOB, who is trying to learn Ubuntu after being a Windows user....Ubuntu is the only operating system I have....Please advise
    Last edited by Sef; November 1st, 2011 at 06:01 AM. Reason: Changed Title to Reflect Problem

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Hi, make sure you stop using the computer immediately so it will stop over writing data on your hard drive, you may be able to recover some of it but it is a big task now.

    I am not an expert on the subject but here is a link the can help, you will need to boot from the livecd.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15761...buntu-live-cd/
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p21.html
    I gave you some other links for a second option.

    For the future you should back up your data daily, and before every new install or upgrade.
    thank you

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Quote Originally Posted by kennae1911 View Post
    Issue:
    I was trying to update to 11.10 and during the process my daughter hit the power button on my laptop (which interrupted the install). During the process I did have the opportunity to select keep my files etc...However once I reinstalled 11.10 on top of the previous operating system which was 11.04 and 10.?? before that, I cant find any of my music or other files...I have a plethora of music that I must have. Please help, I am an absolute NOOB, who is trying to learn Ubuntu after being a Windows user....Ubuntu is the only operating system I have....Please advise
    please post the output of

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    sudo mount -l
    You can paste this in the terminal (Just type "Terminal" in Unity)
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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0001924b
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       16555   132976478   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           16555       24322    62383105    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           23951       24322     2978816   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6           16555       23822    58365952   83  Linux
    /dev/sda7           23822       23951     1034240   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 7958 MB, 7958691840 bytes
    245 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1023 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 15190 * 512 = 7777280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00036f61
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1               1         756     5741210+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(714, 190, 42) logical=(755, 225, 22)
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdb2             756        1020     2000000   83  Linux
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
         phys=(714, 190, 43) logical=(755, 225, 23)
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(963, 187, 46) logical=(1019, 61, 30)
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdb3            1020        1024       30949   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
         phys=(963, 187, 47) logical=(1019, 61, 31)
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(967, 150, 15) logical=(1023, 79, 52)
    Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    Code:
    sudo mount -l
    
    /dev/sda6 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    none on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
    none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
    none on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/kennaejeffries/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=kennaejeffries)
    /dev/sdb1 on /media/C557-85FA type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush)
    /dev/sdb2 on /media/4b917617-e627-4864-b6ed-968f3b095e6e type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks)
    Last edited by CharlesA; November 1st, 2011 at 04:37 AM. Reason: fixed code tags and removed quote

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    please post the output of

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0001924b
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       16555   132976478   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           16555       24322    62383105    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           23951       24322     2978816   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6           16555       23822    58365952   83  Linux
    /dev/sda7           23822       23951     1034240   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 7958 MB, 7958691840 bytes
    245 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1023 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 15190 * 512 = 7777280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00036f61
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1               1         756     5741210+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(714, 190, 42) logical=(755, 225, 22)
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdb2             756        1020     2000000   83  Linux
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
         phys=(714, 190, 43) logical=(755, 225, 23)
    Partition 2 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(963, 187, 46) logical=(1019, 61, 30)
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdb3            1020        1024       30949   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
         phys=(963, 187, 47) logical=(1019, 61, 31)
    Partition 3 has different physical/logical endings:
         phys=(967, 150, 15) logical=(1023, 79, 52)
    Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    Code:
    sudo mount -l
    
    /dev/sda6 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    none on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
    none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
    none on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/kennaejeffries/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=kennaejeffries)
    /dev/sdb1 on /media/C557-85FA type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush)
    /dev/sdb2 on /media/4b917617-e627-4864-b6ed-968f3b095e6e type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks)
    Hmm.

    If I would chance a guess, /dev/sda1 would be it. You never overwrote your old linux installation.

    Check the Unity Bar (drives are at the bottom of the bar) for it.

    if it doesn't show up,

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /mount/sda1
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mount/sda1
    gksudo nautilus /mount/sda1
    Your old installation should be there. Go into the "home" folder. All your old stuff is there. Make sure you don't copy anything over though - You would be copying as root.
    Last edited by CharlesA; November 1st, 2011 at 04:39 AM. Reason: code tags and stuff
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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Hmm.

    If I would chance a guess, /dev/sda1 would be it. You never overwrote your old linux installation.

    Check the Unity Bar (drives are at the bottom of the bar) for it.

    if it doesn't show up,

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /mount/sda1
    mkdir: cannot create directory `/mount/sda1': No such file or directory
    
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mount/sda1
    mount: mount point /mount/sda1 does not exist
    
    gksudo nautilus /mount/sda1
    Could not find "/mount/sda1".
    Your old installation should be there. Go into the "home" folder. All your old stuff is there. Make sure you don't copy anything over though - You would be copying as root.
    I feel that we are getting close....I appreciate all of your help

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Use /mnt not /mount. /mnt is a standard directory on all *nix systems. You'll see it if you run "ls -l /".

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    Use /mnt not /mount. /mnt is a standard directory on all *nix systems. You'll see it if you run "ls -l /".
    so it should read:

    gksudo nautilus /mnt/sda1???

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    Re: Please please help.....a serious cry for help

    since it seems that I didn't delete my old system, is it possible to just reboot into it? I notice that in GRUB I have a 2.6 and a 3.0/sd1 etc....however when I try to boot into the 3.0 my screen turns black with a blinking cursor in the top left corner...

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